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DCG Brings Christmas Cheer To Local Residents

Hundreds of students and staff across DCG (@DerbyCollege) have been involved in Derby City Council’s Christmas Cheer project which is providing much needed support and festive cheer to particularly vulnerable and elderly people across the city.

DCG Recognised As A College of Sanctuary

@DerbyCollege Group (DCG) has become just the fourth in the UK to be awarded College of Sanctuary status in recognition of the support it provides to the asylum and refugee community in the city.

Derby College Agrees New Tech Partnership To Support T Level Students

@derbycollege (DCG) has announced a new partnership with Access ConQuest, suppliers of construction software used by estimators, quantity surveyors and finance teams, to help better prepare students undertaking T Level qualifications for the world of work. The software will be used by students on a daily basis to help prepare them for future roles and gain a better understanding of the systems currently used by industry professionals.  Launched in September 2020, T Levels are new study programmes which follow GCSEs and are equivalent to three A levels. These two-year study programmes involve 80 per cent time spent in college and 20 per cent on an industrial placement. Developed in collaboration with employers, the goal is to ensure that the content prepares students for work, further training or study as well as meeting the needs of the industry.The first FE college in the East Midlands to offer this new ‘gold standard’ technical qualification, DCG will be partnering with a number of firms, including Access ConQuest, to give students undertaking a T Level in Construction, Design, Surveying and Planning the edge when looking for their first professional role.Rebecca Hartshorn is a founding member of DCG’s Professional Construction Employment and Skills Board (ESB) - which brings together employers to co-design and co-deliver the curriculum – including the new T Level programme - and is Strategic Framework Lead at B+K Building Services (BKBS), a division of Derbyshire-based Bowmer + Kirkland.Commenting on the new partnership, Rebecca said:“Digital capabilities and a working knowledge of the software that’s used within the industry are both vital skills that will give T Level students a head start in their career.”Access ConQuest software is widely used across the industry, particularly when calculating estimates, take-offs and measurements and bills, making it an important aspect of estimating and commercial roles.Rebecca continued:“As a company, we would certainly look favourably on a young person who has a working knowledge of this software and other digital tools, as we know they’ll be able to hit the ground running on key tasks.”Derby College’s T Levels launch was marked by a visit from the Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, Gillian Keegan. The Minister met the first students enrolled on the construction, design, surveying and planning T Level programme and joined an ice-breaker which was led virtually by representatives from Bowmer + Kirkland.Commenting on her visit, the Minister said:“Derby College is one of the pioneers of the T Level programme and I’m delighted to see the investment that has been made in digital facilities that will be crucial in providing rigorous and high quality study programmes that will be recognised as the gold standard in technical education.”Andy Day, Estimating, Take Off & Surveying Software Consultant at Access ConQuest said:“We’re really pleased to have partnered with Derby College Group and see a number of great benefits to the T Level qualifications. It’s vitally important that students leave education not only with a qualification, but practical skills and experience that can be applied to future roles.“Our ConQuest software is used widely by a range of firms specialising in fit outs and refurbishments, building, civil engineering, quantity surveying, as well as subcontractors - so whatever career path these students decide upon, they’ll be well prepared for the tasks ahead of them.”DCG works in partnership with more than 3,000 employers in a number of ways from co-designing and co-delivering the college curriculum to delivering a wide range of apprenticeships.

Fitting tribute to former Derbyshire college principal

An apple tree has been planted in the grounds of @DerbyCollege Group's Broomfield Hall campus in tribute to the former principal Clark Field, who passed away in August aged 70.

Flowerworld grows links with Derby College Group; Providing more jobs and paid work experience

@DerbyCollege Group (DCG) is cultivating even stronger links with national flower business Flowerworld –  leading to an array of training and employment opportunities for its students. Flowerworld, which is part of Morrisons supermarket group and is based in Sinfin, has taken on several Derby College Floristry apprentices over the past three years.

Festival Recognition For DCG Student

An Art & Design student at Derby College Group’s Joseph Wright Centre has won a £500 prize from the organisers of Melbourne Festival in Derbyshire and an invitation to stage an exhibition at next year’s event.

DCG Student Secures USA University Scholarship

A Sports student at @DerbyCollege Group’s Broomfield Hall in Morley has clinched a coveted scholarship to study in the USA and play basketball for the college team.

Derby College Group CEO Awarded Honour in Queen’s Birthday List

@DerbyCollege Group (DCG) Chief Executive Officer Mandie Stravino has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in recognition of her services to education.

Places Leisure Launch Employer Academy With Derby College Group

@DerbyCollege Group (DCG) has teamed up with @PlacesLeisure to launch a new Employer Academy for Sports students based at Broomfield Hall college.

Digital T-Level Students Join Employer Induction

The first students to enrol in the new Digital Production, Design and Development T-Level at Derby College Group (@derbycollege) have joined an extended employer induction programme at the Joseph Wright post-16 Academic and Arts college.

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